Alaskans not easily fazed by clown sightings

Clowns have been popping up recently all over the United States. Harmless or not, this is considered an epidemic in the U.S. This fad may quickly spread and make its way to Alaska, though, it may have started already. It is hard to say who should be more frightened, the clowns or the residents of Alaska.

So far there have only been a few sightings in-state. Many people who have claimed they have seen a clown in Alaska have not reported it to the police, but rely on social media for support.

Dakota Lee, Anchorage resident, made a Facebook page for this cause called “Alaskans Against Clowns (Official).” As of print, this page has 75 members that are made up from the Alaskan community. Lee created this page to bring awareness to the community and provide updates on the latest sightings. Still, Lee does not believe this is a serious issue, yet.

“The clowns just want attention and to get a little scare before Halloween,” Lee said. “I haven’t heard of anything being aggressive, suspicious or any criminal nature, just people trying to scare.”

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Nu Xiong, Anchorage resident, personally saw a clown in Anchorage driving home on Muldoon and 6th. Xiong has video proof and it is open to the public on YouTube under “Clown sighting in Anchorage, Alaska.” Even though Xiong personally saw a clown, he does not believe this is a serious threat.

“I don’t think so at all, folks are just having fun since it’s the season,” Xiong said.

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So far in Alaska, this has not become a serious issue. Those who claim to have seen a clown will agree that it might just be pranks.

A group of teenagers in Wasilla dressed up as clowns and sat in the Target parking lot attempting to scare people for attention. However, they were not taken seriously. One thing that may be important to consider is the threat against clowns by the general public. People are starting to stand up to these clowns and they may face a serious threat.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘If I see a clown I’ll just go over and try to defend myself because in all reality, it is a threat and people should act accordingly and try to be safe about it’,” Lee said.

Clowns in Alaska should take into consideration that many residents own guns and will not hesitate to defend themselves.

“I think they should be scared and at least tempted not to do it because of the nature of Alaskans,” Lee said. “Everybody carries a gun, everybody at least has a gun, or knows somebody that has a gun.”

Depending on how quickly this fad will spread and if it will become a serious issue in Alaska, it is unknown whether a not these clown sightings are a threat to the community.

“I believe the public should evaluate weather or not it is actually a threat, how big the threat is, and depending on the threat to call [Anchorage Police Department] or group up with multiple people.” Lee said.

It is advised to keep a distance if a clown is spotted until the nature of these clowns are known. That being said, there have only been a few sightings in Alaska and it is unlikely this will grow as serious as the Lower 48. Still, it is important to be cautions of your surroundings. If you want to stay updated, you can join the Alaskans Against Clowns Facebook page. Halloween is right around the corner, so choose your costumes wisely.